What comes to mind when you think of oral surgery?
We recognize that this is something most people would rather avoid whenever possible. Having surgery of any kind is not pleasant, and when that procedure involves your mouth, that can make it more concerning.
We also know that many people have anxiety about this kind of treatment. That’s perfectly understandable, even for people who are comfortable getting routine general dental care.
We are proud that we can perform many kinds of oral surgery at our office in Monroe, LA. If you are looking at a dental surgery, call 318-302-4236 to schedule a consultation at Bayou Dental Group.
Today, we want to discuss some of the reasons, this could be beneficial for you.
Getting Rid Of A Problem
Tooth extractions may be the most common kind of dental surgery. This kind of procedure can be helpful for a number of situations.
Let’s start with the most obvious reason people have teeth removed. Teeth can become too unhealthy to keep. This can be the result of poor oral hygiene. It also can be the result of an injury or accident that either damages a tooth severely or exposes a tooth to infection. Whenever a tooth can be saved, with a crown or root canal, we would recommend that. Even so, there are times when taking the tooth out and replacing it is the best option.
Crowding is another common reason to remove teeth. Crowding can be a problem in its own right by making it more difficult to clean teeth. It also can make other treatments, such as orthodontic care, more complicated. By removing a tooth or teeth, you can create a healthier, happier smile.
Impacted teeth can cause crowding and other problems as well. These are teeth that have not fully erupted. They may even remain below the gumline so you can’t see them. Wisdom teeth often become impacted. Regardless, if you have impacted teeth anywhere in your mouth, removing them can save you from a lifetime of troubles.
Redefining Your Smile
Human beings are all different. While we have similar bodies in many ways, there is a lot of variation. You know this from looking at how different fingers, noses, and ears can look.
The same is true for bones of your jaw. For someone interested in getting dental implants, those differences may mean you could have trouble supporting those implants.
Ridge augmentation can add bone to the ridge of your jaw, making the implants more secure. On your upper jaw, we can do a sinus life, which strengthens and thickens the part of your jawbone near your sinuses so it can hold implants in place.
Replace What You’ve Lost
Oral health problems also can cause damage to the bone and gum tissue in your mouth. If these happen, you may be interested in replacing lost tissue.
A gum graft if a way of replacing gum tissue. This can be done with tissue from another part of your mouth or with donor tissue.
Bone grafts are a way of replacing tissue in your jaw. When someone loses teeth, it’s common to lose bone tissue as well. A bone graft may be needed if their jaw is no longer able to support implants if they decided to get an implant-supported bridge or dentures.
If you are feeling anxious about your oral surgery, please know that our doctors want this to be as pain- and worry-free as possible. We offer sedation options, so you won’t feel anything during your procedure. We’ll also be happy to answer any questions you have about your surgery and your recovery plan.